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  • An epidemic of collective amnesia

    Malta is suffering from an epidemic of collective amnesia. While top government officials have escaped the dreaded coronavirus unscathed, they’ve been struck down by symptoms of selective memory loss that seem to flare up whenever they’re forced to testify in courts and inquiries. Take the Vitals MOU, for example. The Shift reported on this clearly […] More

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  • The case of the missing memo

    Things disappear in Malta. The island is prey to a paranormal Bermuda Triangle phenomenon, but this one doesn’t cause ships and airplanes to vanish without a trace. No, the Maltese Triangle works in more mysterious ways. It swallows up inconvenient documents, court evidence and even devices like Keith Schembri’s missing mobile. The Memorandum of Understanding […] More

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  • Everyone’s digging their heels in

    Deny, deny, deny. And when the clock runs out on that denial, claim you’ve already paid the price for your ‘mistakes’. That’s the wool the government’s trying to pull over your eyes as the sweater that Muscat knit unravels. The National Audit Office investigation into the hospitals’ deal is the latest damning indictment of Labour’s […] More

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  • It’s time for Peter Grech to go

    The former Head of the economic crimes unit has finally confirmed what the rest of us have known for over four years. The Malta police did nothing to investigate the Panama Papers revelations. In case you need reminding, the massive data leak contained notarized copies personal documents, company opening forms, and email chains that detailed […] More

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  • Mizzi was always expendable

    Another domino has fallen, but it’s too soon to celebrate. Konrad Mizzi was always expendable. He isn’t cut from the same cloth as Keith Schembri or Joseph Muscat. Don’t get me wrong, he’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, just like the rest of them. I can’t think of a single member of this […] More

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  • It’s time for Europol to intervene

    The brutal killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia will not be solved in Malta. The rot goes too deep, and far too many people have a stake in ensuring the truth never comes out. The revelations emerging from the Yorgen Fenech trial are confirming what many of us have suspected all along. Highly placed police officers […] More

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  • It looks bad because it is bad

    “It looks bad, but it’s not.” So said Edward Scicluna when he tried to convince US news programme 60 Minutes that Malta’s reputation for rampant corruption was just an image problem. Who’d have guessed the Finance Minister’s prophetic words would apply so broadly under the slowly solidifying regime of Robert Abela? Abela doesn’t want to […] More

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  • Why is Cardona still walking around?

    The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party is accused of being involved in a murder plot. I suppose that’s nothing new in Malta, where the Office of the Prime Minister was already implicated in the same brutal killing. But Chris Cardona’s links to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia go back much further than Yorgen […] More

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  • Empty words and technicalities

    “No thanks, we’ve already got some.” That was the government’s reply to requests for a Europol Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Law Enforcement Minister Byron Camilleri’s excuse to Parliament was that Europol’s already involved in the case. But the assistance they’ve been asked to provide so far — directed by […] More

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  • What are they so desperate to hide?

    Someone sure doesn’t want Joseph Muscat’s resignation letter to come out. You’d think a resignation letter would be pretty mundane. After all, the discredited public employee in question left his job four months ago. But when news outlets — including The Shift — called for the document to be made public, it was as though someone had […] More

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  • Buying silence one stooge at a time

    Former Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar is the latest Muscat crony to have his “parting gift” placed in the spotlight. It turns out the Commissioner that the people had been trying to get rid of since the 2017 Pilatus Bank debacle wasn’t asked to leave when Robert Abela took power. No, that indication of progress was […] More

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  • Hostage drama on the high seas

    Malta is holding 57 people hostage on the high seas to make some sort of point to Europe. They’re floating around 13 nautical miles offshore, in a Captain Morgan coastal ferry which isn’t designed for open water. It was licensed to navigate up to four nautical miles from land. But I guess that’s just a […] More

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